Czech veterans remember the CzRAF airmen


Czech Air Force, Army and Special Forces veterans

Veteráni letectva, pozemních sil a speciálních sil Armády České republiky letěli do Anglie

mjr Petr Baška, prap Milan Bruna, nrtm Roman Čelanský, rtm Martin Havránek, pplk Robert Hejtmánek, pprp Tomáš Hejtmánek, Jiří, Hirka, prap Lukáš Hirka, rtm Tomáš Hirka, čet Martin Hrebeň, Jan Hronek, rtn Jakub Kosek, nrtm Jiří Kývala, rtn Rostislav Laurenc, rtm Patrik Mikeš, nrtm Vojtěch Nožička, pplk Petr Poledník, nprap Miloš ‘Baron’ Prášil, Petra Schamsová, npor Josef Slavík, rtn Tomáš Sláma, nrtm Libor Smékal, prap František Vlach, rtm Josef Vladař, prap Ivan Vorel

flew to England, at their own expense, to participate in the annual Remembrance Day marchpast at The Cenotaph, London. During their military service for their country, they had been deployed in Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afganistan where several of them had been severely wounded, Petra Schamsová representing her late brother Jiří ‘Regi’ Schams who had died in 2015, six years after being wounded in Afghanistan.

letěli do Anglie na své vlastní náklady, aby se zúčastnili výroční přehlídky na Den válečných veteránů u Cenotaphu v Londýně. Během služby vlasti byli vysláni do Jugoslávie, Bosny, Iráku a Afghanistánu, kde bylo mnoho z nich zraněno. Petra Schamsová zde zastupovala svého bratra Jiřího ‘Regi’ Schamse, který zemřel v roce 2015, šest let poté, co byl zraněn v Afghanistánu.

After their marchpast, it was to the Battle of Britain Memorial, on the Embankment where the 88 Czechoslovak pilots who flew in that battle are commemorated.

Po přehlídce se vydali k pomníku bitvy o Británii na londýnském Embankmentu, kde je připomínáno i 88 československých pilotů, účastníků této bitvy.

And on Monday, after a reception at the Czech Embassy, London, onto the Bomber Command Memorial where the 55,573, airmen of Bomber Command who were Killed in WW2 are remembered, 112 of them were Czechoslovaks who had served in 311 (Czechoslovak) Sqn.

V pondělí, po recepci na Velvyslanectví české republiky v Londýně pak cestovali k pomníku Bomber Command RAF, kde si připoměli 55 573 letců Bomber Command, kteří padli ve druhé světové válce, 112 z nich byli Čechoslováci sloužící u 311. (československé) bombardovací perutě.

Our sincere thanks to all of them for their initiative in remembering the CzRAF airmen, whilst on their short visit to London and to Československý Legionář who organised this visit.

Naše vřelé díky každému z účastníků za to, že si v průběhu své krátké návštěvy Londýna našli čas také pro připomínku československých letců RAF. Poděkování patří i spolku Československý legionář, který celou akci organizoval.





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Otakar Januj – 15.11.2018.







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Project CzRAF 100


The graves of 240 Czechoslovak RAF airmen and 1 Czechoslovak WAAF who lost their lives during their WW2 RAF service, are to be found in numerous cemeteries located around the United Kingdom. A further 149 Czechoslovak airmen, who have no known grave, are commemorated at the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede.

Hroby 240 československých letců RAF a 1. československého WAAF, kteří při své službě v RAF během 2. svět. války přišli o život, se nacházejí na řadě hřbitovů po celé Velké Británii. Dalších 149 československých letců, jejichž místo pohřbení není známo, jsou připomínáni na Památníku RAF v Runnymede.

With 2018 being not only the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF, but also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state of Czechoslovakia, on 28 October 1918, and also the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Air Force, we, at the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Associates ltd, decided to commemorate these anniversaries in our own special way – Project CzRAF 100.

V roce 2018 si připomínáme nejenom 100. výročí založení RAF, ale také 100. výročí vyhlášení Československého státu (28. října 1918), a také 100. výročí vzniku Československého letectva. Czechoslovak Air Force Associates Ltd. se rozhodla připomenout všechna tato výročí vlastním způsobem – Projektem CzRAF 100.

The original concept behind Project CzRAF 100 was that we would commemorate 100 of the CzRAF graves in regional cemeteries around the UK, by placing a red, white and blue carnation bouquet – the Czech national colours – with a traditional Czech tricolour ribbon at each headstone. However, on reaching out to the UK CzRAF community, we were overwhelmed with the level of support – within 24 hours of launching the project, our target of 100 graves was well surpurpassed.

Původní koncepce projektu CzRAF 100 počítala s tím, že bychom připomenuli alespoň 100 hrobů CzRAF na různých hřbitovech po celé Velké Británii tím, že na nich umístíme kytici červených, bílých a modrých karafiátů v českých národních barvách s tradiční českou stuhou trikolory u každého náhrobku. Při oslovení komunity CzRAF ve Velké Británii jsme však byli ohromeni mírou naší podpory – do 24 hodin od vyhlášení akce byl náš cíl – navštívit 100 hrobů splněn.

Thus we escalated the original project to now include all 240 graves and Runnymede as well, at the 79 locations around the UK as shown on the map below. This extent of CzRAF commemoration in the UK is something that has never been achieved before.

Proto jsme se rozhodli náš původní projekt rozšířit tak, aby zahrnoval všech 240 hrobů včetně Runnymede, celkem na 79 místech po celé Velké Británii tak, jak je znázorněno na mapě níže. V takovémto rozsahu se ještě nikdy památeční akt CzRAF ve Velké Británii neuskutečnil.



With further engaging with the UK CzRAF community and other organisations, we successfully achieved sufficient support to ensure complete coverage of all the 240 graves. The results of Project CzRAF 100 are below.

Podařilo se to díky iniciativnímu zapojení britské komunity CzRAF a dalších organizací, s nimiž jsme dosáhli dostatečné podpory k tomu, že mohlo být navštíveno a uctěno všech 240 hrobů československých letců. Výsledky projektu CzRAF 100 jsou uvedeny níže.


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England:

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North:

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1. – Carlisle – Dalston Road Cemetery.

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ZEMAN Boris, 26, Sgt, 57 OTU, Pilot.


* 16/10/18, Slavuka, Volyň, Russia.

† 01/12/44, Haltwhistle, Cumbria.

Lost orientation in fog during a training flight in Spitfire EP518, and crashed into a hill approx 10 km north-west of Haltwhistle, Cumbria.

Grave ref: Ward 16. Sec. O. Grave 105.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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2. – Catterick – Catterick Cemetery.

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GUTVALD Josef, 29, Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 21/12/11, Třešť, Jihlava.

† 27/05/41, Uckerby, Scorton, Yorkshire.

Killed in a accident during a training flight.

Grave ref: R.C. Sec. Row D.D. Grave 9.

A symbolic urn no 191, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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3. – Cheadle – Cheadle and Gatley Cemetery.

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ŠKACH Antonín, 27, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 01/12/16, Kročehlavy, Kladno.

† 03/09/44, St Michael, Cornwall.

Crash at start of operational flight.

Grave ref: Sec. 15. Grave 45.

A symbolic urn no 191, was returned to Plzeň 1945.

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4. – Harrogate – Stonefall Cemetery.

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BLEIER Jiří, 28, AC2, 5 AOS, Navigator trainee.


* 08/04/15, Jarošov, Uherské Hradiště.

† 17/05/43, Uckerby, Scorton, Yorkshire.

Killed in a accident during a training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. 20E. Grave 7095.

A symbolic urn no 206, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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5. – Holme Low – Silloth Causewayhead Cemetery.

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VOTRUBA Bohumil, 27, F/Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 07/02/14, Skalica, Banská Bystrica.

† 06/05/41, Targs Crag, Loweswater.

Failed to return from a night training flight in Hurricane V6921 – DU-R, his body was washed ashore at Loweswater, near Whitehaven, Cumbria.

Grave ref: Sec. P. Grave 13.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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6. – Liverpool – West Derby Cemetery.

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HANZLÍČEK Otto, 29, Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 18/06/11, Ústí nad Labem.

† 10/10/40, Ellesmere Point, Merseyside.

Bailed out during a training flight incident, drowned in the mud of the river Mersey.

Grave ref: Sec. 11. R.C. Coll. grave 392.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ústí nad Labem 1945.


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BARTOŠ Jindřich, 29, F/O, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 16/11/11, Lugansk, Ukraine.

† 13/02/41, Talagre, Prestatyn.

Killed during a training flight at Liverpool. His Hurricane Mk I V6885 DM-V at 14:30 for unknown reasons (probably the pilot’s loss of consciousness due to oxygen failure device) crashed at Telegre at Prestatyn.

Grave ref: Sec. 11. R.C. Coll. grave 392.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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7. – Morpeth – Chevington Cemetery.

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KOCOUREK Ladislav, 25, Sgt, 57 OTU, Pilot.


* 01/03/188, Brno.

† 17/03/43, Brotherick Farm, Warkworth, Northumberland.

Killed in a flying accident, his Spitfire AR222 collided with Spitfire X4266 during practising crossover turns with Free French pilot P/O J. B. Nemoz.

Grave ref: Sec. H. Grave 194.

A symbolic urn no 2, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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ŠINDELÁŘ Václav, 24, Sgt, 57 OTU, Pilot.


* 21/09/18, Plzeň.

† 19/04/43, South Rock Hall, Burton.

Killed during training flight when his Spitfire P7352 crashed at South Rock Hall, Burton. Cause of crash is believed to be because of a oxygen system fault.

Grave ref: Sec. H. Grave 248..

A symbolic urn was returned to Plzeň 1945.

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Midlands:

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8. Cranwell – St. Andrew Churchyard.

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KAŠPAR Antonín, 26, P/O, 1 SS, Pilot.


* 14/01/15, Velké Svatoňovice, Trutnov.

† 10/07/41, Cranwell, Lincs.

Killed in a training flight accident at Cranwell.

Grave ref: Plot 2. Row C. Grave 18.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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KRAJINA Emanuel, 25, F/O, 1 SS, Pilot.


* 01/06/15, Třebíč.

† 23/02/41, Sleaford, Lincs.

Killed in car crash on road from Cranwell to Lincoln.

Grave ref: Plot 2. Row C. Grave 16.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno in 1945.

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VOCETKA František, 27, F/O, 1 SS, Pilot.


* 11/04/13, Prague.

† 07/02/41, Cranwell, Lincs.

Pilot error during flight manouvere, resulting in loss of speed and casusing the Proctor aircraft to crash.

Grave ref: Plot 2. Row B. Grave 16.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague in 1945.

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9. Donnington – St. Cuthbert Churchyard

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DRNEK Miroslav, 23, LAC, 2 SFTS, Pilot Trainee.


* 26/10/17, Blovice, Plzeň.

† 21/07/41, Wolverhampton.

Training flight in Oxford Mk1, on returning to Brize Norton, crashed into houses in Pousen Avenue, Wolverhampton.

Grave ref: Row 13. Grave 6.

A symbolic urn was returned to Plzeň in 1945.

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MELENA Josef, 23, LAC, 2 SFTS, Pilot Trainee.


* 09/02/18, Prague.

† 21/07/41, Wolverhampton.

Training flight in Oxford Mk1, on returning to Brize Norton, crashed into houses in Pousen Avenue, Wolverhampton.

Grave ref: Row 13. Grave 6.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský in 1945.

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10. Market Drayton – Market Drayton Cemetery.

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KESTLER Oldřich, 28, Sgt, 605 Sqn, Pilot.


* 18/03/13, Čižice, Klatovy.

† 07/04/41, Ternhill.

Killed in collision with Sgt Josef Martinec during a training flight in Hurricane IIa Z2318.

Grave ref: Sec. A.F. Grave 103.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.

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MARTINEC Josef, 25, Sgt, 24 MU, Pilot.


* 19/07/15, Rychnov nad Kňežnou.

† 07/04/41, Ternhill.

Killed in collision with Sgt Oldřich Kestler during a training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. A.F. Grave 104.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové in 1945.

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11. Scropton – St Paul Churchyard.

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FANTA František, 27, F/Lt, 27 OTU, Pilot.


* 10/11/14, Chlum, Kutná Hora.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 101.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.


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HRALA Jozef, 27, F/Sgt, 27 OTU, Pilot.


* 21/02/15, Bánovská Kesa, Nové Zámky.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 103.


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JELÍNEK Rudolf, 27, Sgt, 27 OTU, Air Gunner.


* 09/04/15, Lomnice nad Popelkou, Semily.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 102.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.


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MUCHA Miroslav, 22, Sgt, 27 OTU, Navigator.


* 31/01/20, Ivančice, Brno.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 102.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno in 1945.


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OBŠIL Václav, 27, P/O, 27 OTU, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 28/09/15, Pňovice, Olomouc.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 104.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava in 1945.


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TÜRKL Emil, 20, Sgt, 27 OTU, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 24/08/22, Děčín.

† 13/10/42, Church Broughton, Derby.

Grave ref: Extn. Grave 105.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.


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12. Stoke-upon-Tern – St Peter Church Cemetery.

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ČÁP Miroslav, 24, Sgt, 6 OTU, Pilot.


* 03/06/19, Humpolec, Pelhřimov.

† 17/06/43, Kelsall, Cheshire.

Accident during a training flight.

Grave ref: Row J. Grave 307.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.


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13. Wellington – Wellington General Cemetery.

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KLOBOUČNÍK Josef, 30, F/O, 68 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/03/11, Vienna, Austria.

† 22/10/41, High Ercal, Wellington.

Killed when Beaufighter R2029 crashed at Poynton Green, Shropshire for reasons unknown.

Grave ref: Grave 0713 B.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague in 1945.


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KLVÁČEK Josef, 30, Sgt, 68 Sqn, Navigator/Radar Operator.


* 01/03/16, Hodolany, Olomouc.

† 22/10/41, High Ercal, Wellington.

Killed when Beaufighter R2029 crashed at Poynton Green, Shropshire for reasons unknown.

Grave ref: Grave 0728 B..

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava in 1945.


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14. West Bromwich – All Saints Churchyard Extension.

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MAŇÁSEK Miloslav Bedřich, 21, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 01/11/22, Slavonský Kobaš,Yugoslavia .

† 13/07/44, nr Bold Head, Devon.

Liberator crashed into hill in fog on return from submarine patrol in Western approach to English Channel.

Grave ref: Jubilee Extn. Grave 1895.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský in 1945.

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15. Wolverhampton – St Philip, Penn Fields .

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HAŇKA Václav, 22, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 07/11/19, Sokolnice, Brno.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge, Middx.

Accident on transit flight from Northolt to Talbenny, Wellington T2564 crashed ½ mile east of Northolt, all onboard killed.

Grave ref: Jubilee Extn. Grave 1895.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.


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East Anglia:

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16. Bury St Edmunds – Bury St. Edmunds Cemetery

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MŽOUREK Alois, 29, F/O, No. 1 D.F,, Pilot.


* 12/04/15, Hospozín, Kladno.

† 16/10/44, Horley, Sussex.

Killed in a take-off incident at Gatwick, flying Mosquito NV531. Whilst taking-off the port engine failed causing the aircraft to veer to port and crash into the ground near Horley, killing the pilot.

Grave ref: Compt. 3. New Extn. Grave 79.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany in 1945.

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17. Cambridge – Cambridge City Cemetery

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EICHLER Bohuslav, 33, F/Lt, 142 Sqn, Pilot.


* 23/04/11, Trněný Újezd, Beroun.

† 05/01/45, Cambridge.

Killed while attempting an emergency landing, in Mosquito KB397..

Grave ref: 15158.

A symbolic urn no 128, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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HÁJEK Karel František, 31, Sgt, 51 OTU, Navigator.


* 18/07/13, Struhy, Mladá Boleslav.

† 09/03/45, Cambridge.

Killed when landing during a training flight in Mosquito HK227.

Grave ref: 15559.

A symbolic urn no 143, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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RAŠKA František, 27, W/O, 51 OTU, Pilot.


* 05/10/17, Kopřivnice, Nový Jičín.

† 09/03/45, Cambridge.

Killed when landing during a training flight in Mosquito HK227.

Grave ref: 15560.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.


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18. Dagenham – Eastbrookend Cemetery.

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MAREK František, 27, Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/01/13, České Budějovice.

† 14/09/40, Horndon of the Hill, Stanford le Hope.

Killed during combat patrol flying Hurricane R6625 during the Battle of Britain.

Grave ref: Square C.2. Grave 691.

A symbolic urn no 58, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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19. East Wretham – St. Ethelbert Churchyard.

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BAMBUŠEK Jaroslav, 28, LAC, 311 Sqn, Fitter II E.


* 25/09/13, Nový Hrozenkov, Vsetín.

† 04/04/42, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Killed in road accident.

Grave ref: 22/42.

A symbolic urn no 110, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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BINDER František, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 22/10/14, Hojná Voda, České Budějovice.

† 04/03/42, East Wretham.

Was killed when rear-gunner in Wellington Z1147 returning from a raid on Emden, by a night-fighter.

Grave ref: 21.

A symbolic urn no 107, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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DUŠEK František, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 15/08/20, Hostomice, Beroun.

† 25/05/41, Langham.

Killed in accident at start of training flight in Wellington N3010.

Grave ref: 586/21.

A symbolic urn no 126, was returned to Prostějov 1945.


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GRIMM Rudolf, 30, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 08/04/11, Zábřeh nad Odrou, Ostrava.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 27/42.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.


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HOŘÍNEK Jindřich, 30, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 01/01/12, Kratochvilky, Brno.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1349.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ústí nad Labem 1945.


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KEDA Alois, 27, Sgt, 1429 COTF Sqn, Pilot.


* 13/02/15, Brno.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: 28/42.

A symbolic urn no 130, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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STANOVSKÝ Jan, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 20/12/14, Klimkovice, Nový Jičín.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 26/42.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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ŠTEFEK Jan, 27, P/O, 1429 COTF Sqn, Navigator.


* 25/02/15, Brno.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 25/42.

A symbolic urn no 81, was returned to Prostějov 1945.


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STOČEK Milan Maxmilián, 22, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 10/10/18, Prague.

† 25/05/41, Langham.

Killed in accident at start of training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 585/22..

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.


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ŠVIC Miloslav, 24, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 05/10/16, Lužec nad Vltavou, Mělník.

† 04/06/41, Langham,.

Killed when Wellington N3010, crashed 1 mile north-west of Langham on a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 588/23.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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VOKURKA Rudolf, 25, Sgt, 1429 COTF, Pilot.


* 24/02/17, Čekanice, Tábor.

† 06/04/42, Bryn-Uchaf, Llanbedr.

Killed when Wellington P9299, KX-A, crashed during a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 23/42.

A symbolic urn no 124, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZEINERT Stanislav, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 09/12/15, Neuměřice, Kladno.

† 26/05/41, Langham.

Killed when Wellington N3010, crashed 1 mile north-west of Langham on a training flight.

Grave ref: Grave 587/20.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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20. Haverhill – Haverhill Cemetery

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FORNŮSEK Ladislav, 21, Sgt, 138 Sqn, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.


* 17/04/20, Hodonín.

† 10/03/42, Stradishall.

Killed during a night training flight when his Whitley aircraft, Z91255, crashed near Newton Stewart.

Grave ref: Sec U., Grave 192.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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JANEK Jan, 23, Sgt, 138 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/03/18, Přibice, Břeclav.

† 11/01/42, Stradishall.

Killed during a night training flight when his Whitley aircraft, Z91255, crashed near Newton Stewart.

Grave ref: Sec U., Grave 193.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.


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JELÍNEK Václav, 24, F/O, 138 Sqn, Navigator.


* 13/12/15, Svaté Pole, Příbram.

† 10/03/42, Stradishall.

Killed during a night training flight when his Whitley aircraft, Z91255, crashed near Newton Stewart.

Grave ref: Sec U., Grave 243.

A symbolic urn no 199, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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21. Honington – All Saints Churchyard.

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JANOUŠEK Jiří, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 26/04/17, Semily.

† 16/12/40, East Wretham.

Killed when Wellington T2577, KX-Q, crashed on take-off for a raid on Mannheim, Germany.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 9.

A symbolic urn no 146, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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KŘIVDA Jan, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 06/08/13, Uherský Brod, Uherské Hradiště.

† 16/12/40, East Wretham.

Killed when Wellington T2577, KX-Q, crashed on take-off for a raid on Mannheim, Germany.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 10.

A symbolic urn no 144, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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LANG Karel, 24, Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 21/08/16, Velká Chýška, Havlíčkův Brod.

† 17/10/40, Pipps Farm, Coddenham.

Killed in training flight accident.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 7.

A symbolic urn no 125, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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LIEBOLD Jindřich, 19, AC2, 311 Sqn, Interpreter.


* 06/10/21, Brno.

† 05/01/41, East Wretham.

Killed during air raid at East Wretham airfield.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 11.

A symbolic urn no 135, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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TOŠOVSKÝ Oldřich, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/07/17, Horní Jelení, Pardubice.

† 17/10/40, Pipps Farm, Coddenham.

Killed in Wellington L7786 during a training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1349.

A symbolic urn was returned to Plzeň 1945.

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TOUL Jaromír, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 13/02/17, Chlum, Blansko.

† 16/12/40, East Wretham.

Killed in crash, in Wellington T2577, KX-Q, when taking-off for a raid on Mannheim, Germany.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn no 36, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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VEJRAŽKA Miloslav, 29, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 15/11/10, Dražďany, Pelhřimov.

† 17/10/40, East Farm, West Willough.

On retuen from bombing mission to Bremen, Germany, died after parachuting from Wellington N2773, KX-X.

Grave ref: Row C. Grave 5.

A symbolic urn no 119, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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22. Hornchurch – Hornchurch Cemetery

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BÖNISCH [Böhnisch] František, 28, Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 04/04/13, Prchalov, Nový Jičín.

† 23/02/42, Thames Estuary, near Southend.

Accident on operational flight.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1368.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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BRÁZDA Prokop, 26, F/Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 02/07/15, Kosov, České Budějovice.

† 24/04/42, Martlesham.

On 24 April 1942 he was flying Spitfire Vb BM357 on Circus 132, escorting Boston bombers on a raid on Vissingen, Holland. On the return journey, his aircraft was damaged during an attack by a group of Fw 190’s. With the aid of fellow 313 Sqn pilot Václav Jícha, he chased away the attackers. About 35 miles from Ostend another group of 5 Fw190’s attcked his Spitfire and again, with Jicha’s assistance, they fought-off the attack. With Jícha as escort, Brázda’s Spitfire back across the Channel towards Martlesham Heath. About two miles from the English coast the engine on Brázda’s Spitfire began to smoke and cut out. Brázda attempted to make a forced landing near Alderton, Essex, but was killed in the crash.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1367.

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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KONVALINA Blažej, 23, Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/01/19, Blížkovice, Znojmo.

† 22/01/42, Hornchurch.

Killed in accident during combat training.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1348.

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VALENTA Josef, 24, Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 13/08/17, Hrdlovka, Teplice.

† 11/01/42, His Spitfire lost speed in bad weather over Hornchurch airfield and crashed.

Killed in accident on a operational flight.

Grave ref: Sec. A. Grave 1349.

A symbolic urn no 81, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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23. Lowestoft – Normanston Drive Cemetery.

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HORKÝ František, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.


* 16/03/17, Hodov, Třebíč.

† 03/11/42, Lowestoft.

Committed suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed due to personal problems.

Grave ref: Sec. 25. Grave 551.

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24. North Weald Bassett – St. Andrew Churchyard.

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KOZÁK Tomáš, 24, F/O, 242 Sqn, Pilot.


* 18/11/16, Klatovy.

† 14/06/41, Duxford.

Killed on night training flight near Duxford.

Grave ref: Row 2. Grave 3.

A symbolic urn no 77, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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25. Peterborough – Eastfield Cemetery.

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KOUKOL František, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 17/05/15, Vamberk, Rychnov nad Kněžnou.

† 01/10/40, Elton, Peterborough.

Killed in accident on a training flight in Wellington R9649.

Grave ref: Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 174.

A symbolic urn no 209, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SKUTIL Jaroslav, 30, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 24/05/10, Louny.

† 01/10/40, Elton, Peterborough.

Killed in accident on a training flight in Wellington R9649.

Grave ref: Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 165.

A symbolic urn no 225, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SLOVÁK Josef, 28, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 12/09/12, Lomnice nad Popelkou, Semily.

† 01/10/40, Elton, Peterborough.

Killed in accident on a training flight in Wellington R9649.

Grave ref: Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 165.

A symbolic urn no 8, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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VALOŠEK Oskar, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/07/16, Louky, Karviná.

† 01/10/40, Elton, Peterborough.

Killed in accident on a training flight in Wellington R9649.

Grave ref: Div. 4. Block 9. R.C. Joint grave 174.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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26. Scottow – All Saints Church.

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BREJCHA Václav, 26, Sgt, 257 Sqn, Pilot.


* 13/04/15, Životice, Příbram.

† 19/06/41, North Sea, off Southwold, Suffolk.

Killed when flying between Farnborough and Coltishall in Tiger Moth Mk I N6825 which, for reasons unknown, crashed into the sea 400 metres north of Southwold. The body was recovered July 18, 1941 near Southwold.

Grave ref: Grave 247.

A symbolic urn was returned to České Budějovice 1945.

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GLAUDER František, 32, P/O, 68 Sqn, Pilot.


* 23/10/09, Přáslavice, Olomouc.

† 13/09/42, Coltishall.

Killed on training flight at Coltishall airfield, when flying over the airfield on a training exercise, he was dazzled by search-lights and lost orientation of Beaufighter Mk. I F, X 7703, WM-B and crashed near the airfield.

Grave ref: Grave 279.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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HAAS Petr, 22, Sgt, 5 AOS, Navigator trainee.


* 03/05/20, Ostrava.

† 23/10/42, Wigtownshire.

Killed in night navigation training flight in Avro Anson DG387.

Grave ref: Grave 286.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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KOVANDA Jaroslav, 29, F/Sgt, 68 Sqn, Radar Operator.


* 22/01/13, Bohušovice nad Ohří, Litoměřice.

† 05/09/42, Frettenham, Coltishall.

Shortly after the start of a night patrol, in Beaufighter Mk 1F, WP-P, from Coltishall, when at a altitude of 300mtrs, the plane ignited, crashing in flames, and was burnt to death in crash.

Grave ref: Grave 280.

A symbolic urn no 149, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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MENŠÍK Jozef Karel, 25, F/O, 68 Sqn, Pilot.


* 19/11/17, Skačany, Topoľčany.

† 22/04/43, Coltishall, Norfolk.

Killed in a night practice flight at Swanton Morley, 28 km West of Coltishall, from where it he had taken-off in aircraft V8567. The aircraft was seen to come out of clouds, go into a spiral and brake up. The incident remains unexplained, but was probably due to a technical malfunction.

Grave ref: Grave 295.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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RICHTER Karel Jiří, 39, W/O, 68 Sqn, Pilot.


* 17/10/02, Hlinsko.

† 05/09/42, Frettenham, Coltishall.

Shortly after the start of a night patrol, in Beaufighter Mk 1F, WP-P, from Coltishall, when at a altitude of 300mtrs, the plane ignited, crashing in flames, and was burnt to death in crash.

Grave ref: Grave 281.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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SLÍVA Josef Rudolf, 31, F/O, 68 Sqn, Radar Operator.


* 16/02/12, Řepiště, Frýdek-Místek.

† 22/04/43, Coltishall, Norfolk.

Killed in a night practice flight at Swanton Morley, 28 km West of Coltishall, from where it he had taken-off in aircraft V8567. The aircraft was seen to come out of clouds, go into a spiral and brake up. The incident remains unexplained, but was probably due to a technical malfunction.

Grave ref: Grave 294.

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VAŠATA František, 31, Sgt, 68 Sqn, Navigator, Radar Operator.


* 11/07/11, Brandýs nad Labem, Prague.

† 13/09/42, Coltishall.

Killed on training flight at Coltishall airfield, when flying over the airfield on a training exercise, he was dazzled by search-lights and lost orientation of Beaufighter Mk. I F, X 7703, WM-B and crashed near the airfield.

Grave ref: Grave 288.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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27. Southend on Sea – Sutton Road Cemetery.

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HRADIL František Jan, 28, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 21/09/12, Těšetice, Olomouc.

† 05/11/40, Thames Estuary, off Southend.

He was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot in 19 Squadron who was flying Spitfire IIA, Serial No. P7545, in combat over Southend on Sea, Essex, on 5 November 1940 when he was attacked by a German Me109 from I/JG26. Hradil’s Spitfire was shot down and was unable to bale-out, and crashed into the Thames Estuary near Southend Pier, his body was fished out from the sea on 7 November 1940..

Grave ref: Plot R. Grave 12160.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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28. Sutton Bridge – St. Mathew Churchyard.

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KURKA Jan, 26, Sgt, 6 OTU, Pilot.


* 26/06/14, Písková Lhota, Nymburk.

† 30/09/40, Manholm, Northants.

Whilst on a training flight in Hurricane L1986, the aircraft had caught fire. He bailed-out but his parachute was opened too soon and its cords became caught-up with the blazing aircraft. The Hurricane crashed near Manholm, near Northampton..

Grave ref: Sec. O. Grave 55.

A symbolic urn was returned to České Budějovice 1945.

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PATLEJCH Matěj Tomáš, 24, P/O, 56 OTU, Pilot.


* 19/12/15, Lhůta, Klatovy.

† 01/11/40, Tydd St Mary, Lincs.

His Hurricane L1851 crashed near Tydd St Mary, near Kings Lynn, when returning from a high altitude training flight. The probable reason for the crash is that his oxygen breathing apparatus failed, causing him to loose consciousness.

Grave ref: Sec. P. Grave 48.

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SCHWARZ Jiří, 22, Sgt, 25 OTU, Pilot.


* 25/05/19, Plzeň.

† 22/09/41, Kings Lynn.

Killed in training flight accident.

Grave ref: Sec. R. Grave 39..

A symbolic urn no 173, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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STIBOR Karel, 25, Sgt, 56 OTU, Pilot.


* 01/12/14, Měšetice, Benešov.

† 03/09/40, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Killed in Mid-air collision during a combat training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. N. Grave 62.

A symbolic urn no 210, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ŽEROVNICKÝ Jan, 28, P/O, 56 OTU, Pilot.


* 05/05/13, Hradec Králové.

† 07/01/42, Sutton Bridge, Lincs.

Whilst flying Hurricane V7469, in practise frontal attacks, with Sgt František Pokorný, the two Hurricanes came into contact. V7469 immediately dived into the ground killing Žeronický. Sgt Pokorný managed to land his Hurricane without injury..

Grave ref: Sec. Q. Grave 34.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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29. Whittlesford – St. Mary and Andrew Churchyard.

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POHNER Benedikt, 28, AC2, 310 Sqn, Flight Mechanic E.


* 23/04/12, Náchod.

† 25/02/41, Duxford.

During a raid on Duxford by a Ju 88, one bomb hit a petrol bowser parked near a air-raid shelter that ground-staff were running to and was killed in the bomb-blast.

Grave ref: Row A. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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ZAVADIL Jaroslav, 27, LAC, 310 Sqn, Driver.


* 26/10/13, Vítkovice, Ostrava.

† 25/02/41, Duxford.

During a raid on Duxford by a Ju 88, one bomb hit a petrol bowser parked near a air-raid shelter that ground-staff were running to. He lost both legs in the bomb-blast and was conscious, but died shortly after arrival at hospital.

Grave ref: Row E. Grave 7.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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Southern:

30. Black Bourton – St Mary the Virgin Church.

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KŘÍŽ Václav, 23, Sgt, 2 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 09/12/10, Osviečine, Poland.

† 21/05/41, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

Killed in a training flight collission over Brize Norton.

Grave ref: Row D. Grave 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany in 1945.

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31. Benson – St Helen) Churchyard Extension.

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ODSTRČÍLEK Otakar, 29, Sgt, 12 OTU, Pilot.


* 09/12/10, Osviečine, Poland.

† 30/09/40, Streatley, Berkshire.

Killed on a training flight flying Battle L5074 aircraft.

Grave ref: Row D. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno in 1945.

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32. Brookwood – CWGC Cemetery.

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By Czechoslovak Memorial.

RUBÍN Jiří, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 29/11/19, Prague.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants..

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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JELÍNEK Stanislav, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/04/20, Zdětín.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 2.

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VELLA Jan DFC, 38, F/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/05/06, Kladno.

† 10/01/45, Bheinn A’Bhuird, Cairngorm, Scotland.

Crashed on flight from Tain to Hornchurch, Essex, in Oxford PH404.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 3.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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BITTNER Josef, 26, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 07/02/17, Kolín.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at start of training flight, in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 4.

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SCHWARZ Theodor, 21, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 24/12/21, Sokolov.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at start of training flight, in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 7.

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LANŽ Rudolf, 28, LAC, 311 Sqn, Flight Mechanic E.


* 03/04/15, Konice.

† 29/10/43, Netley, Hants.

Died in hospital.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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LOUDA Jaroslav, 28, F/Sgt, 312 Sqn, Fitter II.


* 16/03/19, Nymburk.

† 25/03/44, Boscombe, Wilts.

Died of Pneumonia in hospital.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 9.

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PRVONIČ Antonin, 29, W/O, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 05/05/15, Záhorská, Bystrica.

† 15/05/44, Manston, Kent.

Crash landing after a operational flight.

Grave ref: Row 28. A. 10.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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ČÍŽEK Evžen, 38, G/Cpt, HQ London, Pilot.


* 10/12/04, Ostrava.

† 26/11/42, Cardiff.

Was passenger in aircraft ES947 which struck a barrage ballon over Cardiff bay in bad weather and crashed near Cardiff docks.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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BABŠ Bruno, 38, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 16/09/05 Lipník nad Bečvou.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 2.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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ČTVRTLÍK Miroslav, 28, F/O, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 12/10/14, Olomouc.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 3.

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MUSÁLEK Adolf, 28, F/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/10/16, Svinov.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 4.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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POLÁK Hanuš, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 21/10/22, Prague.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 7.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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BLAHÁČEK Eduard, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 20/10/19, Postřelmov.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 8.

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BLAHNA Václav, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 13/09/15, Blovice.

† 29/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Crashed in BZ775 Liberator on take-off at start of patrol to Bay of Biscay.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 9.

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ŠIMEK Andrej, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 01/01/20, Žarnovica.

† 30/08/43, Bay of Biscay.

Patrol over the Bay of Biscay in Liberator EV948. Killed in aerial combat with Luftwaffe fighters.

Grave ref: Row 28. B. 10.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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PALICHLEB Emil, 34, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 13/08/19, Kopřivnice.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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FIŠERA Josef, 26, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 12/03/17, Horní Branná.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 2.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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KOTIBA František, 32, W/O, 51 OTU, Pilot.


* 19/04/12, Valpovo.

† 30/08/43, 20/06/44, Spring Farm, Cranfield.

Flying accident in Beaufighter X7705.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 9.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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ZÁLESKÝ Alois, 34, P/O, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 24/11/16, Plzeň.

† 09/02/45, North Sea NE of Bradwell Bay, Essex.

Accident during a training flight in Spitfire Mk.IX DU-G.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 10.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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JELEN Rudolf, 42, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/03/02, Bystřice.

† 10/01/45, Bheinn A’Bhuird, Cairngorm, Scotland.

Crashed on flight from Tain to Hornchurch, Essex, in Oxford PH404.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 11.

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LINHART Leo, 32, F/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 16/11/12, Zell am See, Austria.

† 10/01/45, Bheinn A’Bhuird, Cairngorm, Scotland.

Crashed on flight from Tain to Hornchurch, Essex, in Oxford PH404.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 12.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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RYBNÍČEK Karel, 26, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 05/02/19, Kozlov, Žďár nad Sázavou.

† 10/01/45, 05/10/45, Blackbushe.

Accident after takeoff from Blackbushe on flight to Prague.

Grave ref: Row 28. C. 13.

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KVAPIL Karel, 26, S/Ldr, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 05/02/19, 28/03/18, Litovel, Olomouc.

† 10/01/45, Bheinn A’Bhuird, Cairngorm, Scotland.

Crashed on flight from Tain to Hornchurch, Essex, in Oxford PH404

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 1.

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KAUDERS Valter MC, 26, F/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 18/04/18, Prague.

† 10/01/45, Bheinn A’Bhuird, Cairngorm, Scotland.

Crashed on flight from Tain to Hornchurch, Essex, in Oxford PH404.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 2.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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KUDLÁČEK Jaroslav, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 09/12/19, Chrudim.

† 05/10/45, Blackbushe.

Accident after takeoff from Blackbushe on flight to Prague.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 9.

A symbolic urn was returned to Chrudim 1945.

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CHALUPA Jan, 21, Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 05/05/19, Brno.

† 16/10/40, Ely Railway Station.

Died of injuries after a crash during a training flight.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 10.

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VAVERKA Bohumil, 30, F/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 23/10/14, Milokošť, Hodonín.

† 05/10/45, Blackbushe.

Accident after takeoff from Blackbushe on flight to Prague.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 11.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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BROŽ Antonín, 31, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 29/10/13, Hradec Králové.

† 05/10/45, Blackbushe.

Accident after takeoff from Blackbushe on flight to Prague.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 12.

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SEDLÁK Zdeněk, 33, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 29/07/12, Prague.

† 05/10/45, Blackbushe.

Accident after takeoff from Blackbushe on flight to Prague.

Grave ref: Row 28. D. 13.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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FECHTNER Emil, DFC, 24, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 16/10/16, Prague.

† 29/10/40, Whittles Ford, Cambs.

Mid air collision during operational flight in Hurricane NN-S, P3889.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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KOMÍNEK Josef, 27, Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 31/10/13, Prague.

† 08/06/41, Coes Farm, Firtob.

Accident during training flight.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 2.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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ŠTUDENT Václav, 24, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 25/11/17, Prague.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 3A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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BULIŠ František, 26, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/09/16, Hrochův Týnec, Chrudim.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 4.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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DOLEŽAL František, 28, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 25/01/14, Litomyšl, Svitavy.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 4A.

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STOKLÁSEK František, 28, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Fitter I.


* 30/10/13, Jihlava.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 5.

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ŠVEC Josef, 36, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/10/13, Jihlava.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 5A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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BLÁHA Jan, 33, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/02/09, Karlovy Vary.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 6.

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PACLÍK František, 26, Cpl, 311 Sqn, Flight Mechanic E.


* 11/04/16, Vienna, Austria.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 6A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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BUNZL Antonín, 23, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 16/09/19, Úpice, Náchod.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 7.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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GÖTZLINGER Vilém, 31, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Instrument Mechanic.


* 02/09/11, Ivanovice na Hané, Vyškov.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 7A.

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GISSÜBEL Bedřich, 32, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 12/02/10, Rasochy, Kolín.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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JEBÁČEK Jaroslav, 21, P/O, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 06/11/20, Jinačovice, Brno.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 8A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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ČECH Josef, 31, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Electrician.


* 07/01/11, Prague.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 9.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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RÁJECKI [Rájecký] Vladimír, 22, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 05/07/20, Pančevo, Yugoslavia.

† 18/10/42, Uxbridge.

Accident during transit flight Talbenny to Northolt in ,Wellington KX-T, T2564.

Grave ref: Row 28. E. 9A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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Opposite RAF building.

MALÝ Jaroslav, 36, F/Lt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 17/07/05, Prague.

† 06/06/41, London.

Died of previous injuries.

Grave ref: row 20. B. 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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VANKO Anton, 26, Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/01/18, Lednické Rovné, Považská Bystrica.

† 08/12/44, Bradwell Bay, Essex.

Crash on start of operational flight at Bradwell Bay.

Grave ref: row 20. D. 12.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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OCELKA Josef, 33, W/Cdr, 6 MU, Pilot.


* 12/03/09, Lipník nad Bečvou, Přerov.

† 21/07/42, Brize Norton

Killed in flying accident at Brize Norton.

Grave ref: row 24. B. 8.

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33. Brookwood – Civilian Cemetery.

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SEDLÁKOVÁ [Herrmanová] Edita, 19, LACW, 311 Sqn, Ground Staff.


* 03/03/26, Plzeň.

† 05/10/45, Blackbush, Hants.

Killed shortly after take-off on a Liberato re-patriation flight back to Czechoslovakia.

Grave ref: Liberator communal grave, Brookwood civilian cememtery.

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34. Cirencester – Cirencester Cemetery.

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DOLEŽAL František, 21, Sgt, HQ Kemble, Pilot.


* 08/05/19, Doudleby nad Orlicí, Rychnov nad Kňežnou.

† 07/02/41, Kemble.

Killed in a training accident.

Grave ref: Plot 5. R.C. Row AAA. Grave 16.

A symbolic urn no 64, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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FIALA Oldřich, 21, Sgt, HQ Kemble, Pilot.


* 24/06/19, Olomouc.

† 07/02/41, Kemble.

Killed in a training accident.

Grave ref: Plot 5. R.C. Row AAA. Grave 15.

A symbolic urn no 18, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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35. Chichester – Chichester Cemetery.

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FANTA František, 24, F/Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/12/19, Kamení, Liberec.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Mid air collission during formation on training for bombing flight

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 4.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové in 1945.

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LAŠKA Jan, 29, F/Lt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/11/14, Německý Brod.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Mid air collission during formation on training for bombing flight

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 30.

A symbolic urn no 157, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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LYSICKÝ Vojtěch, 28, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 08/09/15, Olomouc.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Crashed on returning from bombing training. It is believed that his plane was probably damaged by its own bomb exploding or by mistaken AA fire from friendly ships.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 3.

A symbolic urn no 220, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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MORAVEC Miroslav, 25, F/Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/09/18, Prague.

† 07/06/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Crash at start of operational flight.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 5.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NOSEK Vilém, 28, F/Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/01/16, Líně, Plzeň.

† 11/06/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Accident on a operational flight.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 29.

A symbolic urn no 222, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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VELEBNOVSKÝ Antonín, 26, F/Lt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 15/04/15, Jablunkov, Frýdek-Místek.

† 16/07/41, Tangmere, Hampshire.

Killed in Hurricane Mk IIc Z3902, crashed near Tangmere,
when returning following a night training flight.

Grave ref: Square 42. R.C. Plot. Grave 50.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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VLK Jan, 29, F/Sgt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 14/02/13, Lhota u Semily.

† 10/04/42, Tangmere.

Killed in aircrash when making a emergency landing
whilst training in Hurricane Z3970.

Grave ref: Square 42. R.C. Plot. Grave 37.

A symbolic urn no 221, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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36. – Chippenham – London Road Cemetery.

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KLOS Jan, 22, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 19/10/18, Kopřivnice, Nový Jičín.

† 29/08/41, Hullavington.

During a training flight from Hullavington, his Mies Magister lost speed and dived into the ground and exploded, killing the pilot.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 9.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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MIKOLÁŠ Antonín, 22, LAC, 9 SFTS, Pilot.


* 19/04/19, Nošovice, Frýdek-Místek.

† 12/08/41, Hullavington.

Was a trainee pilot, with Sgt Frantisek Seda as instructor, on a training flight from Hullavington in Miles Magister T8378. In low cloud collided with with a another training aircraft over Hullavington. Both aircraft crashed on the airfield
killing instructor and pilot trainee in the aircrafts.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 7.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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SEĎA František, 26, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot.


* 10/09/14, Hýsly, Hodonín.

† 12/08/41, Hullavington.

Was a instructor in Miles Magister T8378 with trainee pilot LAC Antonín Mikoláš, on a training flight from Hullavington in Miles Magister T8378. In low cloud collided with with a another training aircraft over Hullavington. Both aircraft crashed on the airfield killing instructor and pilot trainee in the aircrafts.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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SEDLÁČEK Josef, 27, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 22/02/15, Mannheim, Germany.

† 16/04/42, Babdown, Wiltshire.

Crashed on training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 19..

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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37. – Northwood.

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FRANTIŠEK Josef, 27, Sgt, 303 Sqn., Pilot


* 07/10/13, Otaslavice, Prostějov

† 08/10/40, Ewell, Surrey

Killed in crash when returning from combat patrol.

Grave ref: section H, grave no. 246

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov in 1945.

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KOSARZ [Košař] Vilém, 32, Sgt, 302 Sqn., Pilot


* 20/06/08, Karviná

† 08/11/40, Mayfield

Shot down in aerial combat

Grave ref: section H, grave no. 274

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38. – Oxford – Botley Cemetery.

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ŠOFRANKO Július, 33, Sgt, 5 (P) AFU, Pilot trainee.


* 12/08/11, Štiavnik, Žilina.

† 30/11/44, Buxton, Derby.

On a navigational training flight from Ternhill, his Harvard aircraft encountered fog and rain over Cheshire and in the poor visibility crashed into high ground at Buxton, Derbyshire. He was killed on impact.

Grave ref: Plot H/1. Grave 247.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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39. – Pinner – Pinner New Cemetery.

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ALBRECHT Josef, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 06/10/15, Horka nad Moravou, Olomouc.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound.Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 5, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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MATOUŠEK Jaroslav, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 14/02/15, Choceň, Ústí nad Orlicí.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 41, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SLABÝ Jaroslav, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.

* 11/04/15, Chrudim.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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VESELÝ Jan, 34, S/Ldr, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 17/05/06, Přehořov u Soběslavi, Tábor.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 117, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZAPLETAL František, 30, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 28/03/10, Jezernice, Přerov.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 59, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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40. – Reigate – Redstone Cemetery.

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HORÁK Bohumil, 32, F/Lt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 19/01/09, Komárno, Kromříž.

† 29/06/41, Horley, Surrey.

Accident in Hurricane Mk2b JX-? flying between Redhill and Gatwick.

Grave ref: 52.

A symbolic urn no 52, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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41. – Ringwood – Ringwood Town Cemetery.

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KYSELO Vladimír, 26, Sgt, 32 Sqn, Pilot.


* 23/09/14, Podhorní Újezd, Jičín.

† 09/03/41, Ringwood, Hants.

His Hurricane Mk. I V7057, crashed during a training flight
near Ibsley airfield.

Grave ref: Plot Z. Grave 277.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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SKŘIVÁNEK Václav, 22, Sgt, 32 Sqn, Pilot.


* 14/02/19, Prague.

† 21/02/41, Boscombe, Hants.

His Hurricane Mk I V6988, crashed during a
low level training flight.

Grave ref: Plot Z. Grave 276.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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42. – Runnymede. – RAF Memorial.

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43. – Salisbury – Devizes Road Cemetery.

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DOLEJŠ Adolf, 26, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 17/06/15, Prague.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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HAPALA Richard, 22, P/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 13/11/18, Staříč, Frýdek-Místek.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Grave 123.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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HELMA Oldřich, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/01/16, Příbor, Nový Jičín.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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PETRUCHA Jaroslav, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 08/10/20, Veselí na Moravou, Hodonín.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn no 176, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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PLOCEK Antonín, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/04/12, Česká Třebová.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Grave 122.

A symbolic urn no 153, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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44. – Sittingbourne – Sittingbourne Cemetery.

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GÖTH Vilém, 25, P/O, 501 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/04/15, Brno.

† 25/10/40, Staplehurst, Kent.

His Hurricane Mk I P3903 ND-?)collided with Hurricane Mk I V6806 (flown by P/O KW McKenzie who managed to bail-out) and crashed at Staplehurst, Kent.

Grave ref: Old ground. Sec. W. Grave 141.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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45. – Stoke Row – St. John Churchyard Extension.

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SCHOLZ Rudolf, 21, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 10/02/24, Horní Litvínov, Most.

† 10/04/45, Tain, Scotland.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref:

A symbolic urn was returned to Ústí nad Labem 1945.

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46. – Watchfield – Watchfield Military Cemetery.

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TESÁREK Rudolf, 32, Sgt, 3 EFTS, Pilot.


* 17/10/09, Kročehlavy, Kladno.

† 26/03/41, Lechdale.

Killed in training flight incident.

Grave ref: 7

A symbolic urn no 7, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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47. – Whyteleafe – St. Luke Churchyard.

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BĚHAL František, 29, P/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 18/03/12, Želátovice, Přerov.

† 11/05/41, Croydon, Surrey.

Killed in a night operation in Hurricane Z2921.

Grave ref: Row H. Grave 29.

A symbolic urn no 39, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NASSWETER Albín, 22, P/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 21/01/19, Prague.

† 17/06/41, Dover, Kent.

He died in Dover Hospital after injuries sustained in a dogfight in Hurricane Z3460.

Grave ref: Row H. Grave 31.

A symbolic urn was returned to České Budějovice, 1945.

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48. – Weatwell – Westwell Burial Ground.

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DYGRÝN [Ligotický] Josef, 24, W/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 06/03/18, Prague.

† 04/06/42, English Channel, near Brest.

His Furricane was shot down while returning from a operational night patrol near Brest, France.

Grave ref: Grave 243.

A symbolic urn was returned to Grave 243, 1945.

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49. – Yatesbury – All Saints Churchyard.

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MICHÁLEK Vilém, 26, Sgt, Bristol FSI, Pilot.


* 01/08/15, Bystřice pod Hostýnem, Kroměříž.

† 24/04/42, Calne, Wilts.

Killed in training flight accident.

Grave ref: North West of church.

A symbolic urn no 62, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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West Country:

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50 – Bath – Haycombe Cemetery.

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DOHNAL Jaroslav, 25, W/O, 2 DF, Pilot.


* 21/07/17, Prostějov.

† 12/07/43, Colerne, Wilts.

Killed in a air accident 3 miles from Colerne airfield flying Blenheim V5980.

Grave ref: Plot 51. Sec. H. Row T. Grave 256.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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51 – Bath – Lansdown Burial ground.

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SZELIGA [Šeliga] Emil, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/09/18, Albrechtice, Karviná.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at the start of a training flight in Liberator BZ785.

Grave ref: Sec. 4. Row T. Grave 16.A.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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52 – Berrynarbor – St. Peter Churchyard.

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ZAPLETAL Jaroslav, 33, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 11/05/11, Jevíčko, Svitavy.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: North of Church.

A symbolic urn no 138, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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53 – Heanton Punchardon – St. Augustine Churchyard.

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CÍGLER Miroslav, 28, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 12/10/13, Olomouc.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row L Grave 18.

A symbolic urn no 9, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NOVÁK František, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 24/09/13, Prague.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row M Grave 17.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšanský 1945.

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ORLÍK Vilém, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 20/09/16, Opava.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 9, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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PANCÍŘ Rudolf, 27, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 04/03/15, Petříkov, České Budějovice.

† 15/07/42, Bay of Biscay.

Wellington Z1155 went missing whilst on patrol in Bay of Biscay, probably shot down by fighter. Body washed ashore 13/08/42.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 16.

A symbolic urn no 90, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZIMPRICH Stanislav, 26, F/Lt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/03/16, Německý Brod.

† 12/04/42, sea off Perranporth, Cornwall.

Mid air collision with Stanislav Sgt Halama during training flight in Spitfire BL420. Body washed ashore 14/07/42 at Combe Martin, Devon.

Grave ref: Row N Grave 14.

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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54 – Helston – Helston Cemetery.

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JIROUTEK Josef, 29, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 19/02/15, Moravany, Pardubice.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 33.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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KUBÁT Josef, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 03/11/23, Kohoutov, Havlíčkův Brod.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 32.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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KUKLÍNEK Emil, 40, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 31/05/04, Brno.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 31.

A symbolic urn no 108, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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STANO Walter, 19, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 28/07/24, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Trenčín.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 34.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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ŠTĚPÁNEK Miloslav, 24, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 28/07/24, Brno.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 30.

A symbolic urn no 66, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ŽILÁK Ladislav, 22, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 30/08/21, Poltár, Lučenec.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

In fog, Liberator BZ754 crashed after take-off from Predannack

Grave ref: N.W. Sec. Row C. Grave D. 29

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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55. – Illogan – St. Illogan Churchyard.

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HALAMA Stanislav, 27, F/Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 28/02/15, Křečkovice, Vyškov.

† 12/04/42, Perranporth, Cornwall.

Mid air collision with F/Lt Stanislav Zimprich during training flight in Spitfire BL497

Grave ref: Row 1. Grave 16

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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KREDBA Miroslav, 28, F/Lt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 29/01/14, Libichov, Mladá Boleslav.

† 14/02/42, Perranporth, Cornwall.

Accident during training flight in Spitfire AD414

Grave ref: Row 1. Grave 12

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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56. – Plymouth – Ford Park Cemetery [formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery].

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PAVLÁT Josef, 27, LAC, 312 Sqn, Flight Mechanic A.


* 27/11/14, Velké Karlovice, Vsetín.

† 03/09/42, Plymouth, Devon.

Died in hospital following illness.

Grave ref: Gen. Sec. L. Row 11. Grave 36

A symbolic urn no 141, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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57. – Plymouth – Weston Mill Cemetery.

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ČAPEK Václav, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 28/12/15, Pamětice, Písek.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18422

A symbolic urn no. 102 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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DŘEVĚNÝ Pavel, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 08/02/16, Dolní Bojanovice, Hodonín.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18421

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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FILIP Ján, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 18/07/18, Lučatín, Banská Bystrica.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18439

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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HORNUNG Jan, 24, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 08/10/19, Moravská Ostrava.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18064

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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KOŠEK Ludvík, 27, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 10/12/16, Turnov, Semily.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18046

A symbolic urn no 112 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NĚMEČEK Rudolf, 23, W/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 13/02/21, Kyselovice, Kroměříž.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18438

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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NOVOTNÝ Karel 24, F/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gu.


* 04/11/19, Hrbov, Žďár nad Sázavou.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18437

A symbolic urn no 87 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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TARANTÍK Václav 33, W/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gu.


* 27/04/11, Hrdlořezy, Mladá Boleslav.

† 13/07/44, near Bold Head airfield, Devon.

In fog, Liberator BZ717 crashed into hill returning from a submarine patrol in the western approach to the English Channel.

Grave ref: Sec. C, R.C. Plot. Grave 18436

A symbolic urn no 96 was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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58. – Taunton – St Mary Magdalen and Bishop’s Hull Cemetery.

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ČERMÁK Jaroslav, 26, F/O, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 27/04/17, Nymburk.

† 04/06/43, Taunton, Somerset.

Killed in Spitfire AR512 during a simulated attack on a train his wing clipped one of the train’s wagons and crashed 4 miles West of Taunton railway station.

Grave ref: 2 / 5354.

A symbolic urn no 103, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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59. – Warmwell – Holy Trinity Churchyard.

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HLAVÁČ Jaroslav, 26, Sgt, 56 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/09/14, Petřvald, Karviná.

† 10/10/40, Wareham, UK.

Shot down during the Battle of Britain by Me 109 over Wareham, Dorset, his Hurricane P3421 crashed at Manor Farm, Worgnet, Dorset.

Grave ref: South part.

A symbolic urn no 88, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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Scotland:

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60. – Annan – Annan Cemetery.

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POŠVA Karel, 34, Sgt, 6 OTU, Pilot


* 20/10/08, Hořovice, Beroun.

† 24/04/43, Solway Bay, Cumbria.

Failed to return from a training flight in Wellington HE496. Body washed on shore at Annen, near Solway Bay.

Grave ref: Grave 19, Sec. R extn.2.

A symbolic urn, no. 139, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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61. – Ayr – Ayr Cemetery.

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KUČERA Jaroslav, 26, Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot


* 23/06/15, Plzeň.

† 19/12/41, Darvel, Ayshire.

Flight training accident in Spitfire BL293.

Grave ref: Grave 2217, Sec. M, 1884 Div.

A symbolic urn, no. 195, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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62. – Dumfries – St. Andrews Roman Catholic Cemetery.

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SCHEJBAL František, 25, Sgt, 6 OTU, Air Gunner


* 15/02/18, Ostřetín, Pardubice.

† 24/04/43, Solway Bay, Cumbria.

Failed to return from a training flight in Wellington HE496. Body washed ashore at West Bay, Solway Bay.

Grave ref: Grave 227, Section A

A symbolic urn, no. 227, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SEDLÁČEK Alois, 27, P/O, 10 AOS, Navigator


* 31/05/14, Býkovice, Blansko.

† 28/10/42, Stranraer.

Failed to return from a training flight in Botha L6264 over the Irish Sea. Body found 09/12/41.

Grave ref: Grave 243, Section A

A symbolic urn, no. 192, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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63. – Dumfries – Troqueer (New Burial Ground).

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DOSTÁL František, 26, P/O, 6 OTU Sqn, Pilot


* 30/03/17, Olomouc.

† 24/04/43, Solway Bay, Cumbria.

Failed to return from a training flight in Wellington HE496. Body washed ashore 23/06/43 near West Preston, Dumfries.

Grave ref: Grave 25, Sec. H, Extn. 2.

A symbolic urn, was returned to Brno 1945.

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ŠIMON Karel, 23, Sgt, 6 OTU, Pilot


* 07/12/19, Hlinné, Žďár nad Sázavou.

† 24/04/43, Solway Bay, Cumbria.

Failed to return from a training flight in Wellington HE496. Body washed ashore 17/06/43 Kirendbright. near West Preston, Dumfries.

Grave ref: Grave 26, Sect. H, Extn 2.

A symbolic urn, was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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64. – Dyce – Dyce Old Churchyard.

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DVOŘÁK Alois, 25, Sgt, 301 Sqn, Pilot


* 23/05/16, Plumlov, Prostějov.

† 24/09/41, Leachie Hill, Stonehaven.

Accident whilst flying Hurricane Z2766.

Grave ref: Grave 29

A symbolic urn, no. 236, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZAORAL Vladimír, 26, F/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot


* 05/02/15, Brno.

† 19/11/41, Dyce, Scotland.

Accident during a training flight in Spitfire P7837.

Grave ref: Grave 32

A symbolic urn, no. 189, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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65. – Grangemouth – Grandsable Cemetery.

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PŘEROST Václav, 25, Sgt, 58 OTU, Pilot


* 16/04/18, Hnačov, Klatovy.

† 31/12/43, Grangemouth.

Killed in flying accident in Miles Master W8845

Grave ref: Grave 45, Section 1

A symbolic urn was returned to Plzeň 1945.

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ŠIMA Bohumil, 28, Sgt, 58 OTU, Pilot trainee


* 03/08/21, Sepekov, Písek.

† 10/08/41, Pitlochry.

Killed in training flight incident in Spitfire N3099.

rave ref: Grave 16, Section 1

A symbolic urn, no. 30, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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66. – Haddington – Roman Catholic Graveyard.

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JÍCHA Václav, 30, P/O, 313 Sqn, Pilot


* 10/02/14, Dnešice, Plzeň.

† 01/02/45, Turflaw, Scotland.

Accident in Anson NK945, during a snow storm. Survived crash but froze to death before rescuers found the crash.

Grave ref: Grave 17, Sect. M.

A symbolic urn, was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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67. – Isle of Tiree – Soroby Burial Ground.

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REVILLIOD Léonard, 22, F/O, 518 Sqn, Pilot


* 26/07/22, Montreux, Switzerland.

† 16/08/44, Isle of Tiree, Hebrides.

Killed in flying collision, in Halifax ‘S’ LL296, during a test flight over RAF Tiree.

Grave ref:

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68. – Kiltearn – Kiltearn Parish Churchyard.

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KALÁŠEK Jaroslav, 26, Sgt, 8 AGS, Air Gunner trainee


* 29/01/18, Bynina, Vsetín.

† 10/07/44, Kiltearn.

Killed during a training flight accident in Anson NK477 at Ardoch, Evanton.

Grave ref: Grave 41, Section 1

A symbolic urn, no. 167, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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69. – Kirkinner – Kirkinner Cemetery.

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JELÍNEK Václav, 29, F/Lt, 5 AOS, Navigator


* 21/03/13, Prague.

† 23/10/42, Rhin of Kell, near Newton Stewart.

Crashed during night training flight in Anson DG387.

Grave ref: Grave 610

A symbolic urn, was returned to Czechoslovakia.

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70. – Stranraer – Glebe Cemetery.

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DUNDĚRA František, 35, AC2, 4 AOS, Wireless Operator trainee


* 25/04/05, Malínky, Vyškov.

† 13/07/41, Irish Sea near Luce, West Freugh.

Killed in crashed during a training flight in Battle N2024. His body was washed ashore later.

Grave ref: collective Grave 162, Sect. H, Class 1.

A symbolic urn, no. 152, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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HYTKA Zdeněk, 21, LAC, 4 AOS, Wireless Operator trainee


* 20/09/19, Opava.

† 14/07/41, Irish Sea near Portpatrick.

Killed, in Battle N2060, on a training flight from the 4 Air Gunnery School [AGS] at West Freught, near Stranraer.

Grave ref: Grave 162, Sect. H, Class 1.

A symbolic urn, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyni 1945.

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MARŠÁLEK Jan, 26, LAC, 4 AOS, Wireless Operator trainee


* 05/12/14, Topolany, Olomouc.

† 14/07/41, Irish Sea near Portpatrick.

Killed, in Battle N2060, on a training flight from the 4 Air Gunnery School [AGS] at West Freught, near Stranraer.

Grave ref: Grave 162, Sect. H, Class 1.

A symbolic urn, was returned to Ostrava Hrabyni 1945.

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71. – Tain – St Duthus Old Cemetery

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BARVÍŘ Rudolf, 33, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 15/08/11, Hranice, Přerov.

† 29/10/44, Helmsdale, Scotland.

Accident during the start of combat patrol in Liberator BZ720, crashed at Helmsdale, north of Wick.

Grave ref: Grave 22, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 198, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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BEDNÁŘ Antonín, 31, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator


* 20/11/13, Rychtářov, Vyškov.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: Grave 48, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 225, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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BENEDIKT František, 22, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator


* 05/12/21, Ostrava.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 18, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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BODLÁK Miloš, 22, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 24/08/22, Líšeň, Brno.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: Grave 46, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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BUREŠ Oldřich, 35, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 28/04/09, Skalička, Přerov.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: Grave 10, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 155, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ČERNÝ Václav, 29, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 23/08/15, Sobůlky, Hodonín.

† 29/10/44, Helmsdale, Scotland.

Accident during the start of combat patrol in Liberator BZ720, crashed at Helmsdale, north of Wick.

Grave ref: Grave 23, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Český Budějovice 1945.

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DORNIAK Martin, 29, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 15/08/15, Liptovský Svátý Mikuláš.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: Grave 47, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 5, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ENGLÄNDER Ivo, 20, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 05/03/24, Kutná Hora.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Grave ref: Grave 49, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 197, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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HAVRÁNEK František, 26, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator


* 18/02/18, Rozářín, Brno.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 17, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Brno 1945.

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HAYEK Arnošt, 28, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator


* 03/08/16, Kyjov, Hodonín.

† 10/04/45, Tain.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref: Grave 74, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Prague 1945.

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HNILIČKA Waltr, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator


* 24/03/24, Čelákovice, Prague.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 15, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Prague 1945.

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KOŠTÁL Josef, 30, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 09/01/14, Znojmo.

† 29/10/44, Helmsdale, Scotland

Accident during the start of combat patrol in Liberator BZ720, crashed at Helmsdale, north of Wick.

Grave ref: Grave 20, Section F

A symbolic urn, was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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PALME Zdeněk, 30, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 15/08/14, Poniklá, Semily.

† 10/04/45, Tain.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref: Grave 73, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 150, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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PETRÁŠEK Štěpán, 21, W/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 18/04/17, Velenice, Nymburk.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 19, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 169, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ŠEBESTÍK Josef, 28, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 16/05/16, Hrádek na Vlárské Dráze, Zlín.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 16, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 164, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SIMET Josef, 30, F/Lt, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 24/04/14, Boříkovy, Klatovy.

† 10/04/45, Tain.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref: Grave 75, Section F

A symbolic urn, no. 150, was returned to Plzeň 1945.

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ŠTĚTKA Štěpán, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer


* 23/05/20, Prušánky, Hodonín.

† 29/10/44, Helmsdale, Scotland

Accident during the start of combat patrol in Liberator BZ720, crashed at Helmsdale, north of Wick.

Grave ref: Grave 21, Section F

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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VANIŠ Jozef, 23, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 27/06/21, Liptovská Teplá, Liptovský Mikuláš.

† 10/04/45, Tain.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref: Grave 72, Section F

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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Wales:

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72. – Angle – St. Mary Churchyard.

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DOUCHA Jan, 28, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 20/10/14, Vienna, Austria.

† 07/11/42, sea of South Wales coast.

Shot down by fighter.

Grave ref: Grave 84

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague 1945.

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73. – Barry – Merthyr Dyfan Burial Ground.

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KUBÍN Valentýn, 24, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner


* 06/11/20, Lešná, Vsetín.

† 17/03/45, Penarth.

Died of TB, in Sully Hospital, Penarth.

Grave ref: Grave 1124, Section R

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74. – Cardiff – Cathays Cemetery.

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KULHAVÝ Jaroslav, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer


* 17/08/19, Mladá Boleslav.

† 04/12/44, Tain, Scotland.

Accident at start of a training flight, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

Grave ref: Grave 2975, Section E.K.

A symbolic urn, no. 242, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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75. – Haverfordwest – City Road Cemetery.

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BŘEČKA Vladislav, 28, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 01/06/14, Žďár na Sázavou.

† 08/10/42, Talbenny.

Committed suicide whilst cleaning aircraft guns.

Grave ref: Grave 1, Row 3

A symbolic urn, no 74, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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76. – Hawarden – Hawarden Cemetery.

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MACHÁLEK Jan, 21, Sgt, 57 OTU, Pilot


* 03/08/21, Kunovice, Uherské Hradiště.

† 28/10/42, Lower Hall Farm, Picton, Cheshire.

Killed on a training flight in Spitfire P8040.

Grave ref: Grave 36, Section 4G

A symbolic urn, was returned to Brno 1945.


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77. – Hollywell – Hollywell Cemetery.

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NAXERA František, 28, F/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot


* 15/01/16, Prague.

† 29/06/44, Roskilly Farm, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

Crashed after take-off from Predannack.

Grave ref: Grave 32, RC Section

A symbolic urn, was returned to Olšanský cemetery, Prague 1945.

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78. – Killay – St.Hilary of Poitiers Churchyard

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JANEBA Josef, 27, P/O, 312 Sqn, Pilot


* 04/02/15, Blešno, Hradec Králové.

† 02/05/42, Fairwood Common.

Killed in mid-air collision on operational flight.

Grave ref: Grave 163.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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ROHÁČEK Rudolf , 27, F/Lt, 312 Sqn, Pilot


* 18/11/14, Mariánské Hory, Ostrava.

† 27/04/42, Axbridge, Somerset.

Killed due to oxygen failure on operational flight.

Grave ref: Grave 162.

A symbolic urn, no. 312, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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79. – Llantwit Major – Llantwit Major Cemetery.

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IVANČÍK Jozef, 43, Cpl, Czech Depot, Flight Mechanic E


* 03/09/98, Voderady, Trnava.

† 18/08/42, St Athan, Glamorganshire.

Died in St Athan Hospital after illness.

Grave ref: Grave 28, Section C

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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NEJEZCHLEBA Josef, 25, F/Lt, 32 MU, Pilot


* 17/11/16, Moravský Písek, Hodonín.

† 22/08/42, St Athan airfield, Glamorganshire.

Killed during a test flight of Beaufighter V8398.

Grave ref: Grave 29, Section C

A symbolic urn was returned to Czechoslovakia 1945.

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REMEŠ František, 23, Sgt, 53 OTU, Pilot


* 15/01/19, Crikvenica, Yugoslavia.

† 22/11/42, Flemingston, Glamorganshire.

Killed in a training flight accident in Spitfire P7829.

Grave ref: Grave 29, Section C

A symbolic urn was returned to Ústí nad Labem 1945.

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Our sincere thanks to our team, without whom, this project would not have been possible : –

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Anna Bajelka, Carilon Barclay, Rev Dr Iain Barclay, Peter Beníšek, Cpl Dee Bonham, Rev Helena Čermáková, Adrian Cork, Malcolm Cullen, Murray Davies, David Duker, Evie Duker, Emily Duker, Sonny Edwards, Alison Gibby, Andrew Golds, Canon Phillip Gwyne, Adam Hruška, Nigel King, S/Ldr Graham Lawson, Ian Johnson, Paul Kopeček, Barry Kudláček, Julian Littlechild, Magdalena Luscombe, John Macdonald, John Macpherson, Rev Jeffery Mead, Paul Millar, Veronica Millar, Robert Moore, Peter Nahodil, Chris von Patzelt, Helen Partington, Ian Partington, Josef Pikna, Michelle Rechka, Dagmar Šišková-Johnson, Col Andrew Shepherd, Miranda Spendlove-Brown, Rachel Šponar-Harrison, Cpl Ed Stanley, Kate Tattam, John Tredgett, Martina Tredgett, Peter Valek, Milan Votava, Jeff Woodbridge, 102 (Aberdeen Airport) Sqn ATC – Flt Lt Donna Greig RAFAC, Cpl Bruno Materna, Cdt Olivia Smith, Cdt Megan Barclay & Cdt Rachel Barclay, 1146 (Barnstaple) Sqn Air Training Corps – Flt Lt Karl Jenkins RAFAC, Cdt Sgt Ashley Nicks, 137 Ayr & Prestwick Sqn Air Training Corps – Flt Lt Stuart Leslie RAFAC and 2405 (Dingwall) Sqn ATC – Sgt (ATC) Martin Skidmore.

Meet some of the team / Seznamte se s některými členy týmu :

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Czech Prime Minister remembers the Czechoslovak Battle of Britain pilots



On Wednesday 24 October 2018, whilst on an official visit to London, Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic visited the London Battle of Britain memorial on the Embankment, to lay a wreath and pay his respects to the 88 Czechoslovak pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain on 1940.

Col Jiří Niedoba, Czech Embassy Defence Attaché showing the 310 and 312 Czechoslovak Squadron badges.

Inspecting the 88 Czechoslovak pilots names that are inscribed on the memorial.

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310 Sqn at Exeter


310 Sqn at Exeter – 07.05.42. – 26.06.43.

A history of 310 Sqn here.




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Posledni let Wellingtonu T2624





Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624


Válečný deník Sgt Otakara Janůje, radiotelegrafisty 311. čs. bombardovací perutě RAF

od

Pavel Vančata & Marian Buštík




Otakar Janůj patřil do nepříliš početné skupiny příslušníků předválečného policejního uniformovaného sboru, kteří před službou protektorátním úřadům dali přednost odchodu do zahraničního odboje. Služba telefonisty v předválečné československé armádě ho v létě 1940 přivedla k dobrovolnému vstupu do britského královského letectva RAF. Jeho tělesna výška ho předurčila ke službě na bombardovacích letounech. Po výcviku na radiotelegrafistu-střelce v létě 1941 zahájil operační výcvik u 311. československé bombardovací perutě.

Osudným se mu stal jeden ze cvičných letů jen několik dní předtím, než měl přejít k operační letce a zapojit se do náletů na nepřátelské území. Příčina zmizení Wellingtonu T2624 nad Irským mořem dodnes zůstává neznámá. Kniha kromě unikátního osobního deníku Otakara Janůje z let 1940–1941 přináší nové informace a detailní rozbor možných příčin zmizení.

Otakar Janůj belongs to a very small group of pre-WW2 Czechoslovak policemen, who chose to leave Czechoslovakia and fight for its freedom, rather than remain and serve their new German masters. His service as a telephonist in the pre-WW2 Czechoslovak army led him to volunteer for the Royal Air Force in Summer 1940. His height restricted him to fly only in bomber aircraft. After initial training as a wireless operator/air-gunner, he started operational training with Operational Training Flight of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron in Summer 1941.

He met his fate on one training flight just a few days before he was due to commence taking part in bombing raids over enemy territory. The cause of Wellington T2624 disappearance over the Irish Sea remains unknown until today. The book, in addition to the unique personal diary, from 1940-1941, of Otakar Janůj, brings new information and a detailed analysis of possible causes of the aircraft’s disappearance.

Publisher:
Vydavatel
Svět křídel
ISBN: 978-80-7573-043-5
Format:
Počet stran
Hardback, 218 pages, 120+ photos
Hardback, 218 stran, 120+ fotografií
Language:
Jazyk
Czech
česky
Published:
Publikováno
2018
Price:
Cena
290 Kč




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Josef Frantisek – Remembered Today


The 7 October 2018 is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Josef František in Dolní Otaslavice, Czechoslovakia. He was the most successful Allied fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain with 17 Luftwaffe aircraft shot down in 28 days whilst flying with 303 Polish Squadron before he was killed in a flying accident.

Na 7. října připadá 105. výročí narození Josefa Františka z Dolních Otaslavic v Československu. Se sedmnácti sestřely ve 28 dnech se stal František, člen 303. polské perutě, nejúspěšnějším spojeneckým pilotem bitvy o Británii. V jejím průběhu však tragicky zahynul při letecké nehodě.

RAF Northolt.

Polish Air Force Memorial, South Ruislip.

London Battle of Britain Memorial.

Czech Club, London.

Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne. Kent.

CWGC, Northwood.

Tragically, the 8 October 2018 is the 78th anniversary of his untimely death at Ewell, Surrey, UK.

Shodou smutných okolností na 8. října připadá 78. výročí jeho předčasného úmrtí v Ewell, hrabství Surrey ve Velké Británii.

A biography of Josef František here

Biografii Josefa Františka naleznete zde:

Many thanks to our team of volunteers, who visited today all the locations where he is remembered in the UK.

Velké díky našemu týmu dobrovolníků, kteří dnes navštívili všechna místa ve Velké Británii, kde je připomínán.




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Josef Frantisek – Top-scoring Battle of Britain Pilot


Peter Sharpe and Chris John examine the brief but fiery career of the top-scoring Battle of Britain pilot.

AMONG HIS CZECH countrymen, known for their sober and mannerly temperament, Josef František was the exception who proved the rule. He should perhaps have been a Hussar in Napoleonic times, or a swordsman duellist a century earlier, or even a Knight at the time of the Crusades. Josef František was a massively courageous man, a man with the will to fight and fight no matter what the odds stacked against him.

Born at Otaslavice in Czechoslovakia on October 7, 1913, to a close and respectable family, young Josef wanted to fly from as soon as he could read. Tales of the air aces of the Great War captivated his young mind – soaring over the mud and death of trench warfare. He joined the Czechoslovak Air Force on October 1, 1933, and was posted to 2 Squadron as a Private (pilot under training). Recognised as a gifted flyer, he qualified two years later as a fighter pilot, achieving his boyhood ambition.

Flying ancient-looking bi-plane fighters reminiscent of those flown by the air aces he had idolised as a young man, he was soon to be promoted to the rank of Corporal Pilot in 1937. Promoted to Sergeant Pilot in the following year, he joined 1 Squadron at Prague before Hitler made his September 12, 1938, speech to the Sudeten Germans which was to cause massive civil unrest. Czech forces mobilised on September 23, 1938; a week before the Munich Agreement. The Germans made their move in the following month and annexed the part of Czechoslovakia, known as the Sudetenland – the remainder was split into three republics called Bohemia-Moravia, Ruthenia and Slovakia – while Poland was able to snatch and briefly hold the long-disputed Teschen area. In November 1938 Hungary took over Ruthenia, and in March 1939 Germany swallowed up all of what remained.

As the German Wehrmacht moved into Czechoslovakia, František was one of many Czech servicemen unwilling to accept the fate of their own country. He disregarded his orders and flew off towards Poland, flat out at tree-top level, and machine gunning columns of German troops marching towards Prague as he went. Not unexpectedly, the Polish Air Force was delighted to accept Polish-speaking František as a Sergeant First Class with over 340 flying hours in his logbook.

Again a fighter pilot, Josef František was soon to master the Polish PZL fighter, and on September 1, 1939, when the Germans invaded he was soon into action. The odds were massive, immense fleets of technically superior aircraft filled the skies. The tiny Polish Air Force did its country justice and more, fighting with tremendous courage – one of its fighter pilots accounting for four of the faster and more heavily armed Messerschmitt Bf 109s; that man was, of course, František.

After the retreat to Zaleszczyki, Josef František and his fellow airmen began to plan for their continued fight, and flew across the Romanian border on September 22, 1939. They flew from Krenimonce to Jassy and on to Bucharest where their aircraft were confiscated and they were interned by the pro-German regime.

It is not known how František managed to obtain a new Czech passport, nor how he managed to escape from internment, suffice it to say that he did, and determined to fight he boarded the SS Gdansk on October 2, 1939, bound for France via the Balkans and Syria. The young Czech pilot disembarked at Marseilles in France on October 21, 1939, and immediately travelled by train to Paris where he enlisted alongside the Poles as aircrew in the French Armee de l’Air four days later. He was soon familiar with French fighters and was ready when the inevitable Blitzkrieg began again.

On May 10, 1940, the Germans invaded France and the Low Countries in devastating fashion, and as massive Panzer columns thrust forwards, the skies grew dark with Goering’s fleets of bombers. Within a short time, Josef František was again in action. Day after day he flew beside the Poles and French fighter pilots combating the hordes of Ju 87 Stukas and heavy bombers with their escorts of Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters. A Polish account of his activities during this frantic time credits the “superb pilot and magnificent destroyer of Germans” with ten or 11 aerial victories during the three weeks he was flying. (It is now believed that these victories should, in fact, be credited to František Perina, a Czech pilot who flew with GCI/5, claiming a number of German aircraft whilst flying a Curtiss H75A.)

With the Battle for France over, and the Battle of Britain about to begin Josef František and the Polish fighter pilots journeyed the hazardous route to Bordeaux and gained passage on a freighter bound for Britain, from where they would continue to fight the Germans. In June 1940 he volunteered for the Royal Air Force, which having suffered the loss of a great many pilots, was finding it impossible to make up the numbers by training from scratch. The RAF recruiters were pleased to accept any pilots, and especially experienced fighter pilots – and so young František became 793451 Sergeant Pilot Josef František, RAFVR. The number of Polish volunteers keen to get back into the fight enabled the RAF to form 303 Squadron on August 2, 1940, at RAF Northolt, it was here that Josef František rejoined them after a familiarisation period with the Hurricane fighter.

The Polish Squadron was non-operational at the time, the RAF would not accept their Allies as operational until they could speak enough English and fly in formation to RAF standards. Frustration was massive, fighter pilots were needed badly and yet they couldn’t take part in the fighting. After a chance encounter with the Luftwaffe whilst on a training mission, the Operational Classification was at last granted. Josef František and the Poles declared ‘Open Season’ on the Luftwaffe and began their very personal war from another land against those who had stolen their own.

František flew in his squadron’s first combat at full strength on Monday September 2, 1940. At 1750 hours at 19,000ft (5,790m) over Dover, he shot a Bf 109 off the tail of Flying Officer Henneberg, firing repeatedly into it until it crashed. On the second patrol the next day he broke formation and just below the clouds found a solitary Bf 109 which he raked with devastating bursts of .303 machine gun fire, causing it to dive into the sea. On Thursday, flying as Blue 2, Josef František shot down a ‘109 that he believed was about to machine gun an RAF pilot in his parachute, and then claimed a Ju 88 bomber before his Hurricane was riddled by machine gun fire.

The very next morning, again airborne from Northolt, he was in combat with the biggest formation encountered to date and claimed another ‘109 before being shot up by the German’s wingman – he returned to base, his aircraft full of bullet holes. On his safe landing the squadron commander made a recommendation that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal, the wing commander noting his “great gallantry in attacking vastly superior numbers of enemy aircraft’.

Most of his victories were achieved in Hurricanes P3975/U and R1475/R. The eight machine guns were used to deadly effect as František went in close to ensure his victim’s demise.

On Monday, September 9, information as Green 2 František was again in battle with a massive Luftwaffe formation near Beachy Head. During a dogfight, he fired a long burst into the cockpit of a 109 killing the pilot. Immediately in front of him he saw Flight Sergeant Wunsche DFM bale out of his shot up Hurricane, and leaving his Polish friend protected by a Spitfire, František caught a Heinkel He 111 bomber which he raked with his eight.303s. The bomber crashed in flames. Directly afterwards, he was ‘jumped’ from above by a Staffel of ‘109s and four big holes were punched in his Hurricane by cannon shells – stopped only by his armoured seat. Spitfires saved him and the Czech made a crash landing in a field of cabbages at Falmer near Brighton. He walked to the station and caught the express to London carrying his parachute.

Josef František’s most successful day in combat was September 11, 1940, in the Horsham area when he shot down a He 111 bomber and two ‘109s. Scrambled at 1530 hours, the squadron was attacked by German fighters before they could reach the bombers. František, flying as Blue 2, turned sharply on the tail of a ‘109 and opened fire – it burst into flames. Diving out of the clouds, he then found a straggling He 111 bomber which he shot down. Turning for home, dangerously low on fuel and almost out of ammunition, František met another ‘109 which he riddled with gunfire and was forced to leave smoking as he reckoned that he must have been flying ‘on fumes’. He was sure the German was bound to crash at sea.

Reprimands for his ‘flying fury’ left the Czech unmoved – he could not be persuaded to hold formation, one sight of the enemy and he would break and engage. He often sustained combat damage dogfighting as he had in France and would only turn for base when his ammunition was exhausted, normally with a ‘kill’ under his belt. František flew with passion and a real determination to destroy as many Germans as he was able.

On Sunday, September 15, 1940, 303 Squadron tangled with a formation of about 80 German aircraft over. South London. Josef František came screaming in to attack two twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 11 Os and shot chunks off one aircraft, leaving it to go down in flames. Three days later, flying near West Mailing at 17,000ft (5,180m) František saw a single ‘109 heading for the South Coast as his fellow pilots attacked a Dornier 215 on a photo-recce sortie. He closed in on the battle-damaged fighter and slammed two vicious bursts into the cockpit. The fighter turned over and plunged into the sea.

The Polish leader, General Sikorski, visited 303 Squadron on September 20,1940, awarding several Polish gallantry medals – Sgt František received the highly-prized Virtuti Militari. His Majesty King George VI inspected the Polish fighter squadron on September 26, 1940, and presented the awards made by the RAF to their Polish airmen, on this occasion Josef František received a well-earned DFM for his bravery.

The order to scramble interrupted the King’s visit at 1630 hours and the Squadron was airborne from Northolt in minutes. A running battle ensued at 16,000ft (4,880m) over Portsmouth, across the Channel and continued over French soil. František claimed two He 111 bombers. Early next morning he downed another ‘One-Eleven’ and a Bf 110. After his first burst of fire the bomber’s starboard engine caught fire, another burst set the port engine ablaze. Heading for home, the Czech Sergeant found a formation of Bf 110’s and he closed to 100 yards (90m) before opening fire, damaging a ‘110 which made as if to surrender. At tree-top height, the German pilot appeared to change his mind and opened his throttles wide in a bid to escape. František hacked the aircraft from the sky with a savage burst – the ‘110 hit the ground and exploded in a sheet of flames.

Back at Northolt the CO, Sqn Ldr Kellett recommended František for a further award, a Bar to his DFM stating “he is the outstanding pilot of the squadron and appears fearless in his task -the destruction of the enemy”. The Air Officer Commanding noted, “even in this squadron of fearless fighters, this sergeant pilot has been outstanding, his quiet cool personality hides a born and ruthless fighter”. Again Air Chief Marshal Dowding gave his strong support, and the award was confirmed.

Several routine sorties followed, and on return from an early morning patrol on October 8, 1940, a 303 Squadron Hurricane, serial number R4175, crashed suddenly and unexplainedly beside a golf course at Cuddington Way, Ewell, Surrey. Sergeant Josef František was killed instantly in the burning wreck.

The award of a Bar to the DFM had been confirmed on the previous day. František had received the DFM and Bar from the British, the Croix de Guerre from the French, a Virtuti Militari from the Polish, who also posthumously awarded him the Krzyż Walecznych (KW) and three Bars (on February 1, 1941) and the Válečný kříž 1939 by his own country, posthumously on July 15, 1941. Josef František was buried with full military honours in the Polish Air Force cemetery at Northwood in Middlesex.

The crash, still unexplained to this day, had succeeded where the might of the Luftwaffe had failed. Bearing in mind that he was attributed with four ‘kills’ during the few days he fought in Poland and 17 ‘kills’ in one month of the Battle of Britain, one can only speculate at how many more he would have claimed had he survived until the end of the war. Seventeen kills made him the unchallenged top-scoring fighter pilot of The Few and his total of 17 aerial victories make František one of the top-scoring aces of the Allied forces during World War Two.

The claims listed below are only for the period of service with the Royal Air Force, all were achieved whilst flying Hurricanes with 303 Squadron.

Date Time Hurricane Action
02/09/40 17:50 RF-U, P3975 1 Bf 109E, 5km East from Dover
03/09/40 15:40 RF-U, P3975 1 Bf 109E, mid Channel off Dover, mistakenly reported as a HE113
05/09/40 15:05 RF-R, R4175 1 Ju 88
05/09/40 15:10 RF-R, R4175 1 Bf 109E
06/09/40 09:00 RF-R, R4175 1 Bf 109E, nr Sevenoaks 1 Bf 109E (WNr 1138), pilot Oblt Albert Waller of 3./JG52, became POW. Heavy damage to Frantisek’s Hurricane causing him to crash land on a field nr Falmer.
09/09/40 18:00 RF-U, P3975 1 Bf 109E, nr Horsham
09/09/40 18:05 RF-U, P3975 1 He 111H-2, Beachy Head. WNr 5548 A1+DS of III/KG53, crashed on French coast
11/09/40 16:00 RF-S, V7289 2 Bf 109E, Horsham
11/09/40 16:05 RF-S, V7289 1 He 111, Horsham
15/09/40 12:00 RF-P, P3089 1 Bf 109, Hastings
18/09/40 13:15 RF-V, V7465 1 He 111, West Malling
26/09/40 16:30 RF-R, V4175 1 He 111, Portsmouth
26/09/40 16:35 RF-R, V4175 1 He 111, S/E Portsmouth
27/09/40 09:20 RF-R, V4175 1 He 111, Horsham
27/09/40 09:20 RF-O, L2099 1 Bf 110D, Gatwick, pilot Oblt Ulrich Freiherr von Grafenreuth WNr 3147 L1+BL of 15./LG1
30/09/40 16:50 RF-R, V4175 1 Bf 109E, Brooklands, pilot Lt Herbert Schmid WNr 3895 of 6./JG27, became POW
30/09/40 16:55 RF-R, V4175 1 Bf 109E, Brooklands, probable

In the short space of 30 days, Josef František had claimed 17 enemy aircraft destroyed and one probable. It is interesting. to note that NO damage claims were made.

Of the Hurricanes he flew whilst achieving this Battle of Britain record…

L2099

Moved to Admiralty control March 1941.

P3975

listed as 601 Squadron and crashed in forced landing at Middle Wallop, June 1, 1940. Repaired and returned to service?

R4175

Hit by a bomb at Northolt October 6 1940.

V7289

Shot down by Bf 109 over Surrey September 27 1940.

V7465<

Went on to serve with 229 Sqn, 56 OTU and 55 OTU until struck-off charge May 27 1944.

© Flypast March 1995




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Pokoritel Alsterufera / The humiliator of the Alsterufer





Pokoritel Alsterufera
The humiliator of the Alsterufer


by

Pavol Vitko








This book is published by the Military Support Foundation, a Slovak military charity organisation. The publication is compiled and written by military journalist Pavol Vitko, and also contains a specialist supplement on the history of the RAF Czechoslovak fighter and bomber squadrons, in the UK, by military historian Peter Šumichrast.

Major General (Rtd) Ivan Otto Schwarz was born in Bratislava and grew up in Bytča. Shortly before the outbreak of WW2, his father sent him to the UK in anticipation of the Holocaust. However, once there, he left the safety of Wales and donned military uniform. As a 16-year-old boy he enlisted into the British Army. At his own request and with his interest in military aviation, he was transferred in the rank of Private to the Czechoslovak Defence Force with effect from 20 January 1941. On 27 December 1943, as an air gunner he participated in the greatest triumph of 311 Squadron – the sinking of the armed German blockade runner Alsterufer along with her strategic cargo, thanks to which the crew of P/O Oldřich Doležal received high British and Czechoslovak military decorations.

Following a short stay in post-war Czechoslovakia, he returned to the UK due to rising political pressure against the members of the Western Resistance [i.e. the Czechoslovak airmen and soldiers who had fought alongside the Allies on the battlefields of Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East in WW2]. In the UK he set up and ran his own business. In the years 2006-2009, he was the Chairman of the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association in the UK. Based on the Order of the President of the Slovak Republic, he was promoted to Major General with effect from 1 May 1995. In 2005, the President of the Slovak Republic awarded him with the Order of the White Double Cross, 3rd Class. Major General (Rtd) Ivan Otto Schwarz kept returning to Slovakia and visited the SVK MOD and General Staff on several occasions.

100% of the proceeds from the book go to the Military Support Foundation charity

Publisher:
Vydavateľ
Vojenská podporná nadácia
Military Support Foundation
ISBN: 978-80-972190-2-4
Format:
Počet stran
Hardback, 522 pages, 400 photos
Viazaná, 522 strán, 400 fotografií
Language:
Jazyk
Slovak/English
slovensky/anglicky
Published:
Publikované
2018
Price:
Cena
€ 45




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